U.S. citizenship provides many benefits, rights and privileges. One can become a U.S. citizen at birth or apply for a U.S. citizenship after birth.
All children that are born in the United States can automatically become U.S. citizens, including children of foreigners. In addition, children of the U.S. parents, even if they were born abroad, also become U.S. citizens if they meet certain requirements.
All other lawful permanent residents must apply for naturalization to become U.S. citizens. Generally, in order to be eligible for naturalization, a person should meet the following requirements:
- Be at least 18 years old; and
- Be a permanent resident for a specific amount of time; and
- Be a person of good moral character; and
- Have a basic knowledge of U.S. government; and
- Have a period of continuous residence and physical presence in the United States; and
- Be able to read, write, and speak basic English.
Every year thousands of people become U.S. citizens through naturalization process.
A process on naturalization includes an interview and a test on U.S. history and government structure as well as a test on basic English to assure that all U.S. citizens meet the minimum standard required by the U.S. immigration law. A process of becoming a U.S. citizen by naturalization includes multiple steps.
If you need assistance in applying for a U.S. citizenship, contact the Los Angeles Immigration Center to speak with a Immigration Attorney regarding your consultation.